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Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Refocus Efforts
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Refocus Efforts

While an effort to enact an abortion heartbeat bill failed last week, anti-abortion lawmakers have refocused their efforts to enact a "trigger" bill that would ban abortions in Tennessee should the Supreme Court alter or overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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Abortion Related Bill in Tennessee Moved to a Summer Study Session
Abortion Related Bill in Tennessee Moved to a Summer Study Session

What has been labeled "The Fetal Heartbeat Bill" passed the House in the Tennessee General Assembly but was later moved to "Study" this summer by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Heartbeat Abortion Ban Legislation
RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Heartbeat Abortion Ban Legislation

RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Tennessee Right to Life respectfully underscores the concerns of our organization with regard to H.B. 77, the heartbeat abortion ban legislation.

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Heartbeat Abortion Bill Moves Forward
Heartbeat Abortion Bill Moves Forward

A bill banning most abortions once a heartbeat is detected has cleared a key hurdle in the Tennessee Legislature.

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New Bill could affect Abortion Access in Tennessee
New Bill could affect Abortion Access in Tennessee

The "Human Life Protection Act" is going to get a lot of attention in the halls of the state legislature

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Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act
Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act

On Wednesday (02/13/2019), pro-life female legislators introduced legislation supported by Tennessee Right to Life that, upon reversal of Roe v Wade, would restore full legal protections for unborn children.

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Gov. Lee Supports Banning Abortion Once Fetal Heartbeat is Detected
Gov. Lee Supports Banning Abortion Once Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

Gov. Bill Lee says he supports banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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TN Right to Life Endorses Smyrna Incumbent in State House Race
TN Right to Life Endorses Smyrna Incumbent in State House Race

State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received an endorsement from the Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) in the 49th District State House Race.

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U.S. Supreme Court leaves Constitutional Amendment Intact on Abortion in Tennessee
U.S. Supreme Court leaves Constitutional Amendment Intact on Abortion in Tennessee

In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.

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President Trump's second Supreme Court justice nomination
President Trump's second Supreme Court justice nomination

"Americans United for Life congratulates Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Based on his strong, twelve-year record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, we believe that Judge Kavanaugh..."

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Sexual Health and Reproductive Freedom Group to host TN Convention
Sexual Health and Reproductive Freedom Group to host TN Convention

The theme for this year is "A Healthy and Free Tennessee in 2018 and Beyond: Building Collective Power," and the sessions include base building, campaigns, passing local legislation, and rural organizing.

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Tennessee Right to Life Commends Governor Haslam for Support and Signing of Post-Viability Abortion Ban
Tennessee Right to Life Commends Governor Haslam for Support and Signing of Post-Viability Abortion Ban

The state's leading pro-life organization celebrated passage of its priority legislation during a ceremonial bill signing by Governor Bill Haslam today at Legislative Plaza.

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Memphis group taking a stand on abortion in Middle Tennessee
Memphis group taking a stand on abortion in Middle Tennessee

A pro-abortion organization in Memphis is making its way to Middle Tennessee to speak out for abortion.

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Attorney General's Office says it would Defend an Amended Abortion Bill
Attorney General's Office says it would Defend an Amended Abortion Bill

The Tennessee attorney general's office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling its key requirements "constitutionally suspect."

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Abortion Ban Bill heard in Tennessee: Healthy & Free TN Speaks Out
Abortion Ban Bill heard in Tennessee: Healthy & Free TN Speaks Out

"Due to a state level lawsuit, two abortion restrictions struck down federally will no longer be enforced in Tennessee..."

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Doctors suggested mother terminate her pregnancy, Four years later mom and daughter all smiles
Doctors suggested mother terminate her pregnancy, Four years later mom and daughter all smiles

Prior to Celina Barbour giving birth to Brooklyn, doctors told her that she should terminate the pregnancy. Barbour said that was not an option for her...

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MTSU Poll: State voters want Obamacare repeal - but after seeing alternative
MTSU Poll: State voters want Obamacare repeal - but after seeing alternative

Tennessee voters dislike Obamacare and want it repealed, but not until they've seen details of a replacement plan, the latest MTSU Poll shows.

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Women in Tennessee can't have an abortion after 20 weeks if new bill signed into law
Women in Tennessee can't have an abortion after 20 weeks if new bill signed into law

One of the latest bills to pass the senate this year was a bill dealing with abortions.

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Representative Votes to Defend States' Rights and Protect Right to Life
Representative Votes to Defend States' Rights and Protect Right to Life

This resolution of disapproval overturns former President Obama's Title X abortion funding rule, which stripped states of the power to decide how their federal health care funds could be used.

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Murfreesboro woman pleads guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage
Murfreesboro woman pleads guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage

On January 9, 2017 Anna Yocca of Murfreesboro pleaded guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage, a class E Felony, in exchange for her immediate release from jail.

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Murfreesboro woman accused of trying to abort her child receives lesser charge
Murfreesboro woman accused of trying to abort her child receives lesser charge

A Murfreesboro woman accused of trying to abort her unborn child at six months of pregnancy with a coat hanger is now facing a lesser charge than the original count of attempted first-degree murder.

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Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice at MTSU's Campus
Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice at MTSU's Campus

A discussion of abortion through a Genocide Awareness Project has led to students demonstrating against it at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Recount of Votes on Abortion Restriction Issue
Recount of Votes on Abortion Restriction Issue

A federal judge has ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortion.

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New Tennessee Bill Bans the Sale of Fetal Remains
New Tennessee Bill Bans the Sale of Fetal Remains

Legislation banning the sale of fetal remains by abortion providers in Tennessee passed the state House overwhelmingly by a vote of 79-9.

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Abortion Rights in Tennessee Called into Questioning
Abortion Rights in Tennessee Called into Questioning

Abortion rights supporters want a federal judge to toss out a 2014 constitutional amendment that made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.

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Organization Focusing on Abortion Stigma in Middle Tennessee
Organization Focusing on Abortion Stigma in Middle Tennessee

The Senior Field Coordinator for Planned Parenthood in Middle Tennessee stated, "The Tennessee Stories Project rejects the premise that abortion is morally wrong or socially unacceptable and is working to promote a culture of compassion in Tennessee."

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Murfreesboro woman who allegedly tried to abort her child could face lesser charges
Murfreesboro woman who allegedly tried to abort her child could face lesser charges

A woman accused of trying to abort her unborn child at six months with a coat hanger is likely to face a lesser charge than attempted first-degree murder.

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Ultrasound for Abortion Patients Withdrawn in TN
Ultrasound for Abortion Patients Withdrawn in TN

The sponsor of a bill seeking to require ultrasound information to be shared with pregnant women seeking an abortion in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure from consideration.

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MTSU POLL on Gun Laws, Abortion and Refugees in Tennessee
MTSU POLL on Gun Laws, Abortion and Refugees in Tennessee

Asked whether they thought abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases...

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Some want the
Some want the "Fetal Assault Law" to be taken off of law books in Tennessee

The fetal assault law was passed in 2014 in Tennessee. It allows mothers of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) to be charged with "Fetal Assault."

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Non profit speaking out about pregnancy and issues involving women at start of legislative session
Non profit speaking out about pregnancy and issues involving women at start of legislative session

"We are facing so many challenges that need the attention of state leaders...."

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Mental evaluation will be sought in home abortion case
Mental evaluation will be sought in home abortion case

Public Defender Gerald Melton is preparing to request a mental evaluation for a woman accused of trying to perform a home abortion at six months with a coat hanger.

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UPDATE: Organization comments on Murfreesboro woman who allegedly tried to abort her own baby
UPDATE: Organization comments on Murfreesboro woman who allegedly tried to abort her own baby

Allison Glass, Healthy and Free TN president, released a statement on the arrest of Anna Yocca of Murfreesboro, TN on charges of attempted first-degree murder for attempting to induce an abortion.

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MTSU POLL: Majority of Tennessee voters remain opposed to legal same-sex marriage
MTSU POLL: Majority of Tennessee voters remain opposed to legal same-sex marriage

Most Tennessee voters remain opposed to letting gay couples marry legally, according to the first MTSU Poll taken since this summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

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Lawmakers want to prevent the illegal sale of aborted fetus tissue in Tennessee
Lawmakers want to prevent the illegal sale of aborted fetus tissue in Tennessee

The lawmakers want to see a "chain of custody" that follows the aborted fetus until it is disposed of.

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Tennessee Democratic Party Chair comments on Planned Parenthood Meeting
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair comments on Planned Parenthood Meeting

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement on today's planned meeting on Planned Parenthood:

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander comments on funding Planned Parenthood
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander comments on funding Planned Parenthood

"Under this legislation, federal taxpayer dollars now spent at four Planned Parenthood centers in Tennessee would be spent instead at 173 Tennessee community health centers that provide services for women's health..."

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Advocates Celebrate Introduction of Federal Legislation to Ensure Health Coverage for Abortion
Advocates Celebrate Introduction of Federal Legislation to Ensure Health Coverage for Abortion

Non-profit organization sends out press release to media on their support of the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act.

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Governor Haslam signs informed consent bill in regards to abortion
Governor Haslam signs informed consent bill in regards to abortion

Responding to Monday's signing by Governor Bill Haslam of legislation requiring informed consent and waiting period provisions, the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization expressed appreciation to the state's voters and elected officials.

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Tenenssee Right to Life speaking out about newly signed Abortion Facility Inspection Law
Tenenssee Right to Life speaking out about newly signed Abortion Facility Inspection Law "bill"

"Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to our public officials for fulfilling their commitment to the people of Tennessee and restoring these common sense protections to protect the health and safety of women and girls," stated Brian Harris.

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Healthy and Free TN Director makes statement on bill related to babies / newborns
Healthy and Free TN Director makes statement on bill related to babies / newborns

"The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 586 on Tuesday, which would expand the Pregnancy Criminalization Act. Enacted last year, this law throws pregnant women..."

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Healthy and Free TN Statement on Pregnancy Criminalization and Abortion Restriction Bills
Healthy and Free TN Statement on Pregnancy Criminalization and Abortion Restriction Bills

The House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear a bill that expands the Pregnancy Criminalization Act.

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Local State Lawmaker Withdraws Abortion Ultrasound Bill
Local State Lawmaker Withdraws Abortion Ultrasound Bill

A local state representative's bill requiring ultrasound images be shown or described to women seeking abortions has been withdrawn. The House Health subcommittee was ready to send Representative Rick Womick's bill to a study committee for the summer.

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Abortion being discussed this week in the TN General Assembly
Abortion being discussed this week in the TN General Assembly

One senator plans to push forward with an amendment that would enact mandatory counseling called "informed consent" and she has proposed a 48-hour waiting period between the time a woman seeks an abortion and when she can go through with the procedure.

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Tennessee group questioning abortion proposals by lawmakers
Tennessee group questioning abortion proposals by lawmakers

"One of the bills that may be up for consideration would force anyone seeking abortion care to undergo an ultrasound even if it is not medically indicated. Another requires doctors and clinics providing abortion to go through a special set of licensing requirements..."

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Vote Yes or Vote No on Amendment 1 - Here are both sides
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Abortion amendment too close to call in a new MTSU Poll
Abortion amendment too close to call in a new MTSU Poll

A close vote may be in store for Tennessee's proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, according to the latest statewide MTSU Poll.

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YES on 1 Turns Focus To Unlicensed Abortion Facility

Supporters of Amendment 1 held a press conference on Monday outside a Nashville abortion facility which is neither licensed nor inspected by the Tennessee Department of Health.

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Yes on 1 group continues fight on more strict abortion practices in Tennessee

The following may be attributed to Dr. C. Brent Boles, a Murfreesboro obstetrician/gynecologist who is supporting passage of Amendment 1.

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Amendment 1 Debate Will Be Decided On Nov. 4
Amendment 1 Debate Will Be Decided On Nov. 4

In a few weeks, Tennessee voters will decide on a controversial abortion amendment. Known as "Amendment #1," a "yes" vote would alter the state constitution and allow state lawmakers to enact tighter restrictions on abortions in Tennessee. A "no" vote would maintain the status quo.

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Yes on 1 group says that some TN abortion clinics lack a license or inspection
Yes on 1 group says that some TN abortion clinics lack a license or inspection

"1 of every 4 abortions in our state is performed on a woman or girl from someplace else," said Steffes. "We even lack the legal basis for licensing and inspecting facilities where abortions are performed..."

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Some residents trying to change abortion laws in Tennessee
Some residents trying to change abortion laws in Tennessee

Tennessee is an abortion destination state and this November, multiple residents in Rutherford County and beyond are working together to change that. 

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Abortion Procedures Down for Tennessee Women, According to Statistics

Newly released data on abortions in Tennessee reveal a steady decline in the number of abortions performed over the past decade and a steady increase in the percentage of out-of-state women heading to Tennessee for the procedure. 

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TN Right To Life Says They Appreciate Approval of Resolution Showing Support of Amendment 1
TN Right To Life Says They Appreciate Approval of Resolution Showing Support of Amendment 1
Tennessee Right to Life expressed deep appreciation to delegates of the Tennessee Baptist Convention who overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging public support for passage of Amendment 1, a proposal placed before state voters in 2014 which would render Tennessee's Constitution neutral on abortion.  
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Congressman Reprimanded and Fined
Congressman Reprimanded and Fined
U-S Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a licensed physician, has been reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients before he was elected to Congress.
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Pro-choice group has new push for abortion rights - Rep. Rick Womick remarks on SJR 127
"We know that anti-choice forces are already focusing a lot of money and energy to push through this amendment to our state constitution..."
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Sen. Tracy still eyeing measure to require women thinking about abortion to undergo ultrasound
Sen. Tracy still eyeing measure to require women thinking about abortion to undergo ultrasound
The waiting period aspect of the bill could also bring up constitutional questions because of a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that struck down a waiting period for abortions.
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